Mike Cotty is a veteran of some of the world's toughest sportives and, in 2006, finished 35th overall in La Marmotte before going on to finish 22nd in the Etape du Tour 48 hours later. With over 20 years experience competing in road, cyclocross and mountain bike races Mike is best known for his extraordinary endurance feats including a non-stop traverse of the Pyrenees, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, in 2011 and an unbelievable 677km non-stop ride from Evian-les-Bains to Nice, including 17 mountains and over 16,000 metres of climbing, in August 2013.
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